Reptiles Smuggled In Suitcases at Bangkok Airport

Posted Jun 2nd 2011 09:15 AMUpdated Jun 2nd 2011 10:58 AM

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Suitcases Stuffed with Rare Reptiles found at Bangkok Airport

Associated Press

431 turtles and other rare reptiles, including crocodiles and tortoises, were reportedly found stuffed into four suitcases and smuggled into the Bangkok airport.

The animals were discovered Wednesday when an Indian traveler arriving from Bangladesh didn't pick up his bags.

Among the animals inside were endangered species: Gharials, a type of Indian crocodile, and Indian star and roofed tortoises.

Many of the reptiles found are banned from international trade, Customs Department Director-General Prasong Poontaneat told the Associated Press. He added they would be held for evidence and cared for by wildlife officials.

Thailand is a major center for illegal international wildlife trade. Just last month a smuggler was busted in Bangkok with baby leopards, panthers, monkeys and a bear. Other incidents there have included a man found with a veritable zoo in his bags in February, plus a baby tiger cub disguised with stuffed animals.


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joeyroc616

wow i cant believe the comments about actually physically hurting another person over putting some f**ing turtles in a suitcase. i def agree he should be heavily fined and maybe some other ****. but to ""sell humans to aliens'''??? or ""sodomize them with the animal"" F***** UUUU i wish u would try some crazy sht like that to the next man over a turtle.. thats a sad thing

June 02 2011 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lexie

These poor animals...how would THEY like to be shoved into suitcases and shipped off to some other country? This is SO wrong!!

June 02 2011 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jerry

hEY i AGREE WITH YOU FOLKS A HUNDRED PERCENT>>>>>> SO WHY DO WE FEEL WE NEED MEXICANS IN THIS COUNTRY.

June 02 2011 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DICK

We need to make this in to a law.

If you kill any wild animal, the same dead animal should be shoved in to the killers asshol as punishment. Especially if its an endanger species. WHO'S WITH ME ON THIS??? O wait, they will like that.... because they are all .............. (fill in the blank)

June 02 2011 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard

Why do people feel th e need to have these animals in their possession when they will only succumb to death. Leave the animals where they belong in the country they belong in. We have made a mess of the southern part of the USA with imports let loose . Stick to your dog , cat or canary please!!!

June 02 2011 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SummitBay

People who smuggle AND buy these exotic animals should also be stuffed into a suitcase and shipped off to a far far destination. If they make it ok, if not thats also ok.

June 02 2011 at 3:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
psyn70

Its the enchantment of owning the last one that fuels this insane exotic market. All transport of animals to foreign countries should be stopped.

June 02 2011 at 2:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
james.patrick

Asians are the worst at killing wild life in the world, all because they think some Rhino horn or other part of a animal will make their wittle pee,pees work better........SICK !

June 02 2011 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Beatriz

The world needs stronger international laws against animal cruelty, with stiff fines and long jail times. All animals deserve respect. I agree with scottburbey's comment.

June 02 2011 at 12:44 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
psyn70

Perhaps the endangered tag needs to go away in order to save what animals are left. Let's make rats an endangered species instead or how about mosquitos or those snakes that are all over Guam?

June 02 2011 at 12:41 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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